Port of Savannah breaks TEU record

A commercial cargo ship as it leaves the Port of Savannah in Georgia at sunset

The Port of Savannah broke its traffic record in 2019 as it moved 4.6 million TEU, a 5.6% increase on its 2018 performance, according to the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA).

The GPA’s Executive Director Griff Lynch said the “record-breaking accomplishment” was down to the work of its staff and the International Longshoremen’s Association, as well as its partners in trucking and rail.

“It’s a testament to the trust our customers and stakeholders place in our ability to deliver reliable, on-time service, every day” Lynch said.

The Port of Savannah featured in a recent PTI insight which explored the five biggest ports in the US.

In a statement, the GPA said 2019’s highlights included the announcement of two new resin-handling facilities near Savannah, which are expected to increase exports by 90,000 TEU a year.

The GPA is looking to capitalize on its growth by doubling the annual rail capacity at the Port of Savannah to two million TEU and expand berth capacity to handle up to six 14,000 TEU vessels by 2026.

The port saw growth across all areas, including Ro/Ro traffic which increased by 2%.

The figures were helped by Savannah’s Ocean Terminal picking up two new customers, GM and Volvo, with both using the port to export vehicles to Australia and New Zealand.

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